|The Theory of Everything|
The above words were shown at the end of the movie, which brought tears in my eyes. Very sensible words.
I noticed this movie being nominated in many sections in the Academy Award ceremony. The main character, Stephen Hawking was played by Eddie Redmayne and he won the Best Actor award, which he deserves. I saw the clippings and wanted to watch this movie. But was a bit nervous knowing that they might show how Hawking suffered because of his illness. But the movie was picturized so well that Stephen Hawking's intelligence, sense of humour etc. still remains in my mind even after a day!
All of you must be knowing that Stephen Hawking, a Physicist and Cosmologist, is 73 years old now, still living with all the drawbacks in his health, had written many famous books and is world famous. This movie is based on his story. No, it isn't remotely like a documentary movie, but is full of life! It is not depressive because this man has got great sense of humour which is shown in many frames. I know I am repeating this aspect of the movie! I seem to talk about the movie to everyone who comes across, for the past two days.
The movie starts with Stephen as a 21 year old student, studying in Cambridge University. He meets Jane, a literature student and they become good friends. Stephen submits a thesis on 'Black hole' which he thought might have been part of the creation of the universe. His professors appreciate this very much and the thesis gets accepted. Jane and Stephen celebrate this and from that day onwards, they show him losing control of his muscles, slowly, step by step. But he immerses himself in his research and one day he falls down with a thud inside the campus. He was taken to a hospital and is diagnosed that he has Motor Neuron disease. He will not be able to talk, swallow or move most of his body and has around 2 years to live. He starts using wheelchair for moving around. Jane still loves him and tells his father that she wanted to marry him. They get married and have a son.
Stephen continues with his research in spite of his deteriorating health. Jane takes care of the children, home and Stephen apart from being a research student. They have another son too. Stephen asks her to relax and take some time for herself. She joins a church choir group and starts singing, where she meets Jonathan, a widower who comes home to teach piano lessons to Stephen's son and helps the whole family. Well...I think I should stop writing the whole story here! You have to watch the movie and enjoy Stephen's naughtiness and sense of humour. He is like that in real life, I read.
I think I have to explain about him some more! Later on, he loses his speech completely because of tracheotomy which was done after the pneumonia attack. They show Jane showing him a board with letters and words and pointing at them, asks him to blink his eye if 'yes', blink twice if it was a 'no' to express himself. (This scene came in 'The diving bell and Butterfly movie, which is a biography of Jean Deminique Bauby, a famous writer. He wrote famous books using this method later!). But a nurse, coming home to take care of him introduces him to a computer with a built-in voice synthesiser. This voice speaks with an American accent, which he comments later with a twinkle in his eye, yes, I could notice it! He starts attending seminars etc. with this gadget and becomes more famous because of his knowledge. Gets more awards. Writes a book called 'A Brief History of Time' which becomes world famous. He is offered knighthood by the Queen but he refuses. Life goes on...his words touched me:
However bad life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. While there is life, there is Hope.
Eddie Redmayne's acting as Stephen was superb. I was reminded of the movie 'My left Foot' at some places. The main character, Christy Brown, on whom the movie was made, also was born with cerebral palsy. He wrote books with his left foot and painted too! It too, was a touching movie.
Well, again the above highlighted lines apply here! Great inspiring people.
|The real Stephen Hawking! A great, inspiring man! (Thanks, Wiki) Hawking taking a zero-gravity flight in a "Vomit Comet"|
P.S.: I have to add this information which I got from this link, but is not in the movie about Stephen Hawking.
Stephen Hawking (b. 1942) is an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, whose scientific books and public appearances have made him an academic celebrity. His 1980 book A Brief History of Time was a break-out hit when first published, and has sold over 10 million copies, having been translated into over 30 languages. His other books include The Universe in a Nutshell (2001), The Grand Design (2010), and three children's books co-authored with his daughter Lucy Hawking, George's Secret Key to the Universe (2007), George's Cosmic Treasure Hunt (2009), and George and the Big Bang (2011). His life was also documented in a book by his first wife Jane Wilde Hawking, Travelling to Infinity – My Life with Stephen in 2008, which was adapted to film in 2014 as The Theory of Everything.
Hawking has appeared as himself, and lent his recognizable computer voice, in a number of TV series including Star Trek: The Next Generation, The Big Bang Theory and episodes of The Simpsons and Futurama. He has been portrayed on film by Benedict Cumberbatch, and Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables), and has been the subject of, and appeared in, several documentaries including Errol Morris' A Brief History of Time (scored by Philip Glass), God, the Universe and Everything Else (with Arthur C. Clarke and Carl Sagan), and 2013's Hawking (featuring interviews with Cumberbatch, Buzz Aldrin, and Jim Carrey). Other appearances include being interviewed for the 2013 TV special Doctor Who Live: The Next Doctor, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and appearing in sketches on Late Night with Conan O'Brien (via satellite) and Monty Python Live (Mostly) in 2014.
EDITED TO ADD ON 15TH MAY, '15: His daughter speaks here after the movie's hero got his Oscar for his role as Hawking. (click on the link pl.)
Another link: "I think the film has shown Stephen things he probably didn’t know about my struggles, and how I really did try my best to support him over such a long period," she (Jane Hawking) said.